Where to publish a long eclectic philosophical and literary essay?
April 6, 2010 11:21 PM Subscribe
Where could I publish an eclectic novella-length philosophical and literary essay?
posted by cotesdurhone to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for names of highly esteemed publications that would consider publishing an eclectic novella-length philosophical and literary essay.
I'm particularly interested (in the following order of preference) in publishing in:
1) an English-language publication in France
2) or Montreal
3) or Western Europe
4) an America publication
5) possibly another country?
For a little more information about the nature of the essay, my friend, a writer, said this impromptu in an email after reading it:
"On the whole, I thought the essay was thought-provoking, challenging and flawed. Certainly not mediocre. I do find it difficult to appraise, however, because it is formally idiosyncratic, unlike any other essay I've ever read. It eludes categorization. It addresses a vaster array of philosophical questions than are typically addressed in philosophical essays. It transitions seamlessly between analytical modes of argument and more poetic discourse. It is highly interdisciplinary, pulling from religion, philosophy, and sociology. For these reasons, this kind of essay is highly attractive (I've had ideas of writing similar pieces in the past, actually). It is also, as I say, difficult to appraise, because one does not know whether to judge it as philosophy, poetry, sociology, etc. And its idiosyncratic form also makes publishing it very difficult. Philosophical journals in America generally only accept articles from a) professors in academia, b) writing about extremely narrow issues in philosophy, and c) who position their work within contemporary discussions about the issue in question and cite accordingly. But these limitations exclude only the more formal philosophy journals in America. As you suggest, there are surely other journals that might be suitable, perhaps abroad."